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The cost Fly­ing re­turn from Abu Dhabi to London typ­i­cally costs from Dh12,755.

The perks Eti­had pro­pelled it­self into a new league for fam­ily trav­ellers last year when it an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of ‘fly­ing nan­nies’ on board its long-haul flights. The nan­nies – all trained cabin crew – are on hand to en­ter­tain chil­dren with games and arts and crafts, and also support par­ents in re­fill­ing bot­tles and pre­par­ing bassinets for ba­bies. While the nan­nies serve all classes, Eti­had’s business class is recog­nised as one of the best in the in­dus­try. Its business class ‘stu­dios’ on the Air­bus A380 and Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner of­fer to­tal pri­vacy from other pas­sen­gers and pro­vide space that you can re­ally make your own. There’s also an in-seat mas­sage func­tion across the fleet, while on longer flights a turn­down ser­vice is of­fered, which in­cludes a mat­tress, cot­ton loungewear and slip­pers. Then there are chefs – hand­picked from some of the world’s best restau­rants – on board all long-haul flights and business pas­sen­gers can choose meals at what­ever time suits. Stuck on your decision? The on-board food and drink man­ager is there to find your ideal dish.

The draw­backs Some have crit­i­cised the stan­dard lie-flat business class seat – found on all air­crafts apart from the A380 and 787 – sug­gest­ing there’s lit­tle room for stor­age, and gaps that could be used more ef­fec­tively to make the space feel big­ger over­all. But then there is al­ways the pent­house!

The ver­dict If you’re look­ing to travel in style, and take the chil­dren, Eti­had has by far the best of­fer­ing.

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With a lounge like this you’ll find it dif­fi­cult to get on to the plane

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